Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Charged with Rape of 75-Year-Old; Cops Say Forensic Clues Linked the 35-Year-Old to the March 31 Assault

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Charged with Rape of 75-Year-Old; Cops Say Forensic Clues Linked the 35-Year-Old to the March 31 Assault

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A suspect in a sexual assault on a 75-year-old woman in Ponte Vedra was formally charged Thursday, authorities said.

Mastho Lebai Davis, a 35-year-old New York native, was charged with sexual battery, burglary with aggravated battery and kidnapping in the March 31 incident, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

On April 2, investigators questioned Davis about the assault because of his previous arrests in New York, authorities said. During the investigation, nunchucks were found in his backpack and Davis was arrested on an unrelated charge of possession of concealed weapon by a felon, authorities said.

Forensic evidence linked Davis to the assault in the 2000 block of South Ponte Vedra Boulevard. He has his first appearance hearing on his new charges today.

Adam Aasen

ST JOHNS COUNTY

2 TEENS ARE AMONG 14 ARRESTED IN DRUG SWEEP

Two St. Johns County youths, ages 14 and 16, were among 14 suspects arrested in a sweep of what investigators said were the most active street-level and mid-level drug dealers in the county.

In a three-month operation, undercover officers purchased crack cocaine from 22 individuals, many who sold on street corners within 1,000 feet of a public school, child-care facility or church, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Warrants have been issued for eight other people.

Sgt. Chuck Mulligan said Thursday that many of the purchases in Operation New Year, named in recognition of when it started, were in the west St. Augustine and Hastings areas. Other buys were made in beach communities, he said.

Those arrested on drug charges in the sweep phase of the operation were:

Darren Eugene Mason, 30, Hastings, sale of cocaine.

Chena Rae Simmons, 39, St. Augustine, two counts of sale of cocaine.

Raymond Lou Bell, 18, St. Augustine, sale of cocaine.

Tempress Lynette Coldy, 20, St. …

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